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Old 10-09-2021, 05:59 PM   #13
The Real BigGuy
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Originally Posted by DickR View Post
My approach to broken appliances is to open it up to find out what is broken. The worst thing that can happen is the item is toast (even if it is literally a toaster!), and must be replaced anyway. Failure can be due to as simple a thing as a blown fuse near where the power cord enters the box, and replacing the fuse likely is easy. Things like a drum belt in a dryer or water valve in a washer can be bought online and installed DIY fashion without too much fuss. There are plenty of U-tube videos online to provide helpful guidance. Electronics is another matter. So many things have a circuit board governing its operation that a failed board may be the reason for failure, and that likely is not repairable. Still, replacement boards are available online for many appliances, but price is another matter. It may be no more costly to replace the appliance, depending on its age.
I totally agree with you. I’m always taking things apart because I approach it from a “it doesn’t work now so the worst that can happen is it won’t work after I try and fix it. My wife thinks I’m this super fix all handy man but it’s really that I’m not afraid to try fixing things. As long as you take your time, I find that most mechanical things are fixable. A plus is that you really get to see how things work and you sometimes get to try your best “McGuyver”(sp?) repair!!

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